Why did I pick this book?
Well, no specific reason. I am a book hoarder and specifically books about leadership. Shackleton was referred to in many other leadership books .
The book starts as follows
“The Endurance expedition to the Antarctic (1914-1916) ultimately fell far short of its goal, but it would become a legendary success for the leader, Ernest Shackleton, who got every one of his men safely home after their ship sank in a remote, frozen sea”
With an introduction like that, it is hard not to pick up the book.
What do I like about the book?
The portrayal of a man who saw opportunity in every adversity.
What is one interesting idea that I learned?
It reinforces strongly a belief that I generally hold. Leadership is about people.
How long would it take?
2 -3 hours
Paras or Quotes that I liked
- Shackleton was bold in his plans, but cautious in their execution, paying close attention to them.
- Shackleton learnt from past mistakes. Experiences taught him the kind of leader he didn’t want to be.
- Shackleton led by example. He never asked anyone to do work he wouldn’t do himself.
- Always keep the door open to your staff members, and be generous with information that affects them. Well informed employees are more eager and better prepared to participate.
- Strive for work relationships that have human as well a professional element. No matter how large your company, get to know as many employees as possible. Memorize their interests so you can chat about something other than their work.
- Shackleton’s thoughts of his men helped to spur him beyond his limits.
Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)